Applications Open July 1, 2021
Grant Inquiry Deadline: September 3, 2021 by 5 p.m.
Prior to applying, please submit a simple email of intent to apply.
Grant Submission Deadline: September 13, 2021 by 5 p.m.
Funding for Approved Grants will be available the first week of November.
Next grant cycle open in January 2022, with a deadline in March (TBD) with funding for approved grants available in early May 2022.
Grants will only be made to organizations that are exempt from tax under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and will not be made directly to individuals. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting programs and community-based projects that:
- Assist communities to provide improvements toward the betterment of the lives of their citizens;
- Help alleviate cycles of illiteracy, poverty and government dependency;
- Assist young people to broaden their horizons by exposing them to educational opportunities that they may otherwise not have the ability to enjoy.
This Foundation generally will not make grants for the purpose of paying salaries for persons administering programs. Grants for the acquisition maintenance of equipment or for other capital needs are preferable. Preference will be given to organizations that have been established for more than three years and can demonstrate experience with successful programs, rather than providing seed money for new organizations or new projects.
Each request will be reviewed within the framework of the Foundation’s philosophy. The following factors will influence the committee’s decisions:
- Whether the program addresses a Foundation priority;
- The program’s impact on the community and evidence of reasonable participation by individuals;
- Possible duplication or overlap with other programs;
- Effectiveness of the organization’s structure and management, recognizing a dynamic and not a static organization;
- Evidence of the organization’s financial stability and achievement;
- Evidence of government or other community funding;
- Evidence of fiscal effectiveness demonstrated by administrative costs as compared to total budgeting.
In general, the Foundation will not consider request that have the following characteristics:
- Programs that do not benefit people in our 18 county service area;
- Direct grants to individuals;
- Political organizations, campaigns, or candidates for political office;
- Efforts directed towards influencing legislation at any governmental level;
- Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are directed to its members;
- Veteran or labor organizations, fraternal associations, social clubs and similar associations;
- Foundations which are themselves grant-making bodies;
- Advertising, raffle tickets or merchandise to be used as favors, door prizes or to be sold for fundraising; table sponsorships or event tickets
- Trips, travel, or cultural exchange tours;
- Conferences, seminars, or publication of books, magazines or films;
- National health agencies concerned with specific diseases or health issues, unless fundraising proceeds are directly used in the Foundation’s service area;
- Repeat annual requests for the same project/program will not be accepted. Requests to support the same initiative will only be accepted for review every other year unless written permission is granted in advance.
Email of Intent to Apply
Prior to submitting a formal grant request to the RHR Foundation, please submit a simple and BRIEF email of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this email of intent to apply for funding, please provide the following:
A. City, county and/or community impacted within our 18 county service area
B. A concise summary/description of your request
C. An estimated number of people impacted
D. The approximate amount of your potential request
E. Organization/contact info with email, address and phone number
Please submit via email no more than two standard sized paragraphs containing the above information. If we have further questions, we will contact you. Once we receive your email of intent, we will let you know whether your request is a potential fit for a formal request. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email or phone.
Please send your email of intent to apply as instructed above before submitting a full request. The Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation meets semi-annually, generally a spring and fall meeting. All requests should be for projects which need not be completed in a relatively short period of time.
All requests should be concise and simply phrased. Requests should be for a specific sum which can be defended in relationship to the project for which the funds are to be used. A request should contain the following:
- Brief statement of the organization’s mission
- A 30 word or less concise statement to summarize grant request
- Purpose of grant request, planned use of funds
- # of People impacted by request and how they will be impacted
- Organization’s achievements
- Sources of other funding
- Program Budget
- A copy of the organizations’ most recent financial statement and audit if available;
- A copy of the IRS qualification letter
- List of the board of Directors or trustees, officers and their affiliations.
- Name, title and qualifications of key personnel
- Photo or visual graphic representing grant request, project or people impacted.